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Confronting fear : a history of terrorism
Cronin, Isaac, 1948-
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New York: Thunder's Mouth Press, [2002]

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xiii, 561 pages ; 23 cm
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Confronting Fear addresses the question, "How did we get here?" The events of September 11, 2001, had their origins in both the recent history of the Middle East and in events that took place hundreds of years ago in Europe and elsewhere. The writing collected in Confronting Fear provides the broadest possible basis to probe and understand these horribly destructive acts--whose purpose and rationale is complex and sometimes even contradictory--by offering both a perceptive and comprehensive long view. It gets into the mind of the terrorist, from those who present terrorism as a tool against the status quo to those who see it as a tool to bolster the status quo to those who insist terrorism is a purely ideological act. Confronting Fear includes portraits from a global rogue's gallery of terrorism, including Robespierre, Lawrence of Arabia, Abu Nidal, Carlos the Jackal, The Red Army, Theodore Kaczynski, Aum Shinrikyo, and Osama bin Laden. There are also discussions of movements that are or have been based in Japan, Russia, Germany, France, Ireland, Algeria, the United States, Afghanistan, Israel, and Palestine, with writings by experts and literary figures ranging from Simon Schama, T. E. Lawrence, and Joseph Conrad to Menachem Begin and V.S. Naipaul.

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Booklist Review

This mistitled book is less a history than a compilation of writings on various forms of terrorism--political, religious, and "fringe," such as the Unabomber. Cronin, who has written eight books, including a study on American prison life, has an eye for drama in his selections. After a very short introduction (which is basically only a glossary), he begins with what he calls "prehistory," which takes us all the way back to the 1890s and the Greenwich Observatory Bombing of 1894, as well as the assassination of President McKinley. Much more to the point is an essay by Patrick Seale, which is based on his book Abu Nidal: A Gun for Hire, which provides an inside look at a major terrorist group. This is a good volume to have at hand in today's uncertain world as a quick reference to various instant newsmakers who populate our "Breaking News" mindset. --Allen Weakland

Choice Review

The events of 9/11 drove publishers to rush into circulation a plethora of books on terrorism to satisfy the public's demand. Normally terrorism is not a hot topic, since mass murder "in the name of the people" goes against the common Judeo-Christian heritage. Still, most of the new works unintentionally blur the motivational issues of political extremists. Fortunately, Cronin's book is different. By relying on the scholarship of leading experts, including Walter Laqueur, Simon Reeve, and Ahmed Rashid, Cronin brings readers' understanding to a new level by focusing on the concept of "propaganda by deed," a notion alien to most readers. Yet "propaganda by deed" is fundamental to all terrorist activity from Johann Most in the 19th century through Theodore Kaczynski and Osama bin Laden in the 20th and 21st. Although interested readers can turn to such well-established writers as Peter Hoffman, Jessica Stern, or Rohan Gunaratna for more in-depth analysis of specific elements of terrorism, Cronin provides a rare overview for the public to understand this important and disturbing subject. General readers and lower-division undergraduate collections and above. C. C. Lovett Emporia State University

Table of Contents

Isaac CroninWalter LaqueurJohann MostJoseph ConradFrantz FanonCarlos MarighellaGianfranco SanguinettiNorman Antokol and Mayer NudellTom VagueJohn FollainMartin DillonYonah Alexander and Michael Swetnarm and Herbert M. LevineLeila KhaledPatrick SealeSimon ReeveBill AyersHamid AlgarWalter LaqueurJoshua LederbergBenjamin r. BarberMartin KramerSamuel M. KatzRichard LabeviereAhmed RashidJohn K. CooleySimon ReeveOsama bin LadenJim YardleyHenry FordJames CoatesPatricia Baird-Windle and Eleanor J. BaderLou Michel and Dan HerbeckTheodore KaczynskiHaruki MurakamiWalter ReichKanan Makiya
Introductionp. xi
Section introductionp. 2
from A History of Terrorismp. 4
from The Science of Revolutionary Warfarep. 17
President McKinley Shot, The Trial and Execution of Leon Czolgoszp. 22
Propaganda by Deed--The Greenwich Observatory Bomb of 1894p. 33
from The Secret Agentp. 36
Political Terrorism
Section introductionp. 44
from The Wretched of the Earth: The Third World and Violencep. 47
from Minimanual of the Urban Guerrillap. 57
from On Terrorism and the Statep. 75
from No One a Neutral: Political Hostage Taking in the Modern Worldp. 80
from Televisionaries: The Red Army Faction Storyp. 94
from Jackal: The Complete Story of the Legendary Terrorist, Carlos the Jackalp. 111
from The Dirty Warp. 133
from ETA: Profile of a Terrorist Groupp. 154
from My People Shall Livep. 160
from Abu Nidal: A Gun for Hirep. 184
from One Day In September: The Full Story of the 1972 Munich Olympic Massacre and the Israeli Revenge Operation Wrath of Godp. 210
from Fugitive Daysp. 227
Religious Terrorism
Section introductionp. 236
from The Introduction to Social Justice in Islamp. 239
from The New Terrorismp. 253
from The Diversity of Bio-Weaponsp. 268
from Jihad vs. McWorld: How Globalism and Tribalism Are Reshaping the Worldp. 275
The Moral Logic of Hizballahp. 282
from Hamas Websitep. 294
from The Hunt for the Engineer: How Israeli Agents Tracked the Hamas Master Bomberp. 304
from Dollars for Terror: The United States and Islamp. 326
from Talibanp. 345
from Unholy Warsp. 363
from The New Jackals: Ramzi Yousef, Osama bin Laden and the Future of Terrorismp. 378
Declaration of War Against the Americans Occupying the Land of the Two Holy Placesp. 402
A Portrait of the Terrorist from Shy Child to Singleminded Killerp. 406
Fringe Terorrism
Section introductionp. 414
The International Jewp. 416
from Armed and Dangerous: The Rise of the Survivalist Rightp. 421
from Targets of Hatred: Anti-Abortion Terrorismp. 438
from American Terrorist: Timothy McVeigh and the Oklahoma City Bombingp. 451
from The Unabomber's Manifestop. 486
from Undergroundp. 493
Confronting Terrorism
Section introductionp. 514
Understanding Terrorist Behavior: The Limits and Opportunities of Psychological Inquiryp. 516
from Cruelty and Silence: War, Tyranny, Uprising and the Arab Worldp. 537
Acknowledgmentsp. 551
Photo Creditsp. 553
Permissionsp. 554
Bibliographyp. 556
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 558